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Brazilian premium choc market to grow 26% by 2020 as middle class buys in

The Brazilian market for luxury chocolate is small but set to grow, the Latin American Chocolate Congress has heard

Brand power and ingredient quality are the two principal factors that define a premium chocolate in the Brazilian market and the middle class wants more of it, according to the results of an exclusive survey shown to ConfectioneryNews by the Brazilian Association of Cocoa, Chocolate, Peanut, Candy and By-products’ Industries...

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Ecuadorian chocolate has healthier fat profile than Ghanaian, say researchers

Chocolates made with Ecuadorian origin cocoa beans have healthier fat profiles than Ghanaian counterparts, according to Spanish researchers.

Baronie snaps up fellow Belgian firm Duc d’O

The Baronie Group has acquired Belgian truffle maker Duc d’O from Gudrun for an undisclosed sum.

Researchers call for ‘radical rethink’ of free sugars targets

Intakes of free dietary sugars should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake in order to battle the ‘significant’ financial and social burdens of tooth decay, warn researchers.

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Supply chain knowledge crucial to prevent chocolate contamination

Understanding at what points Salmonella is a risk in the cocoa supply chain is vital to give protection to the brand and consumers, according to the head of UK quality for cocoa and chocolate at ADM.

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Turning emotions in to actions: Why do consumers spend more on ethical products?

Ethical consumption, and consumer willingness to pay more for ethical products, is motivated by a need to turn emotions about unethical practices into action, say researchers.

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Can General Mills overcome the Annie’s acquisition backlash? from BakeryAndSnacks.com

General Mills has defended the future of Annie’s natural and organic snacks under its ownership, but two experts say the company will have to work hard to beat the critics.

L. paracasei may alter intestinal microbiota in healthy people: Study from NutraIngredients.com

Probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei could alter the intestinal microbial in healthy populations, but this depends strictly on the ‘ecosystem’ of the individual, according to research. 

Almonds are a ‘snack choice for a healthy diet’ from FoodNavigator-USA.com

A mid-morning snack of almonds may decrease food intake at lunch and dinner, making the nuts a ‘snack food choice for a healthy diet’, according to a new study from England.

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Innovation presents food safety challenge – SHS from FoodQualityNews.com

Growing innovation in the drinks industry with products such as functional beverages is challenging traditional food safety models, according to SHS Drinks.

Scots economic confidence ‘plunges’ ahead of referendum from FoodManufacture.co.uk

The confidence of Scots in their economic future has plunged to its lowest level in more than a year, ahead of tomorrow’s independence referendum, according to retail research consultants Conlumino.

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Mars patent for processing unfermented cocoa beans
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Has Mars found a way around cocoa bean fermentation?

Mars has filed a patent for a method to process unfermented cocoa beans that it claims would...

Lead and cadmium in dark chocolate: Kids exposed

Kids exposed to cadmium in dark chocolate - but they'd have to eat a lot to exceed health limits

A study says regular dark chocolate consumption raises children's exposure to cadmium but they would have to eat over...

Hershey and Cargill Ivory coast cocoa program

Hershey and Cargill team up on Ivorian cocoa program

Hershey has partnered with its supplier Cargill to bring its cocoa sustainability program to the Côte d’Ivoire,...

Lindt North America chief takes reins at Russell Stover
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Lindt North America chief takes reins at Russell Stover

Lindt & Sprüngli has appointed its North America senior vice president Andreas Pfluger to lead the newly...

UAE chocolate market growth prospects

UAE set for torrent of new entrants as chocolate market excels

The United Arab Emirates chocolate market is one of the fastest growing chocolate markets across the globe...

Got Milk lawsuit against Bridge Brands Chocolate

‘Got Milk’ owner sues Bridge Brands Chocolate in trademark spat

The California Milk Processor Board has accused confectioner Bridge Brands Chocolate of unlawfully using and sub-licensing its...

Strauss settles Cadbury Israel lawsuit with Carmit Candy

Strauss pays $2.5m to settle Cadbury Israel lawsuit

The Strauss Group has reached a NIS 9m ($2.5m) out-of-court settlement with Cadbury distributor Carmit Candy, bringing...

Cocoa child slavery case against Nestlé, ADM and Cargill proceeds

Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can’t escape liability for cocoa child slavery, rules court

A US appeal court has ruled that Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can be held to account for...

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